Kenneth Young Legal Case

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A young teenage boy, Kenneth Young of 14 years old, tried under Florida law as an adult. Kenneth was guilty of armed robbery and he was condemned by the court judge to go to life jail. It is shocking to me to hear that children are condemned to die in prison in the United States of America mostly kids of color. Also, it is disappointing that teenagers are being punished much severer than adults. Kenneth Young received four life sentences without parole for armed robberies committed at age 14!Kenneth Young is born in Tampa, Florida and he was condemned to die in prison.The convict was raised by a single mother, Stephanie Young who is addicted to crack in a crime ridden neighborhood. Jacque Bethea, a 24-year-old crack dealer, who sells drugs …show more content…
Kennethwas tried under Florida law as an adult. Surprisingly, he received four consecutive life sentences assuring that he would die in prison. After more than 10 years of incarceration, thecourt condemned Kenneth to life without parole. Actually, the lawyer working on his case, Paolo Annino pleaded that the boy be given released based on demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation but there was nothing more for Kenneth as all his appeals was exhausted. Paolo was more worried about how Bethea, a 24 years old, Kenneth’s partner in crime who went to separate trials received less of a penalty than Kenneth. He made us to know that, juveniles many times are being punished much harsher than adults. Also, Bryan Stevenson, Director of Equal Justice said that it is heartbreaking to him the way the country is comfortable at demonizing children mostly kids of color. He further said that, it is cru-el to have a child of 13 die in prison and that the Constitution should prohibit that kind of punishment.The United States Supreme Court in 2010 ruled juvenile life sentences illegal for crimes less than murder. Of the more than 2,500 inmates sentenced to life was children, 128 now have a chance to obtain release, 77 are in …show more content…
The most victimizedpeople in our society are kids who have suffered physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, torture, mistreatment in poverty, malnourishment, and all kinds of mental health problems with no help and medicalproblems and no one has done anything about it. Therefore, children who were sentenced to die in prison for crimes looked up to the society for forgiveness and expect to have opportunities to move on with a genuine life. He further said that the society can respond, and find different solutions to the punishment those children receive when they commit crimes than giving them life imprisonment without parole. On the other hand, Ron McAndre, a retired warden at the jail where Kenneth was, was concerned about Kenneth 's life yet to come. He understood nobody is handed him a thing because of the length of his sentence, they will not give him any education because he is going to be in prison for the rest of his life. The authority feel it is a waste. Ron also gathered from his experience that majority of the kids who received life without parole sentences are from African-American, kids. African American youth are sentenced to life without parole 10 times more often than their white

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